Putting the OUR in Theatre in Our Schools
Theatre and drama are essential in the lives of students all year, but March is designated to celebrate and increase public awareness of the impact of theatre in our schools and schools in our theatres. AATE invites you to celebrate Theatre in our Schools (TIOS) in your area! You know theatre education's power to make children's lives better, now shout about it and let the skeptics know how vital theatre is to youth development.
Here are a few tools:
AATE sponsors mini-conferences across the country designed to encourage professional development and community awareness of theatre education. This year, AATE will host events
in North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Long Island, Maryland, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas, Utah, DC, Washington State, and New Jersey. (check back as we add additional venues). You can find more information on these events here
TIOS Awareness Items
Get students involved by downloading these colorful posters to encourage them to get involved; order Theatre In Our Schools buttons; and download a copy of our 25 Ways to Celebrate Theatre In Our Schools Month poster to post in your staff room or office.
In March 2014, on Twitter, follow #TIOS14 for a daily dose of how exposure to theatre and theatre education makes a difference in the lives of young people. Learn interesting facts about the benefits of theatre education and reminders about TIOS events with these treats. Click the link above for the 2014 TIOS Treats.Wear Your Show Shirt Day
Each March is AATE designates Annual Wear Your Show Shirt Day! In 2014, it will be MARCH 7TH
. Show your theatre pride by wearing a shirt from a show you've worked on or seen. Submit a photo of you and your friends or colleagues wearing show shirts to Brian Jones
; we'll post the pictures on the website for voting. The photo with the most votes will win AATE t-shirts for everyone in the photo! Submitted photos may be featured on the AATE website and in AATE's national magazineIncite/Insight
. Share the Facebook event with your friends here!
Ways to Celebrate TIOS
There are many other ways that you can celebrate TIOS.